British Science Week kicks off today, and museums across the country will be celebrating with special events aimed at children and families. A wide range of museums are participating, from well-known scientific attractions such as the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, to some which may surprise you!
Bath’s historic Roman baths are running hands-on activities throughout the week, offering young visitors the chance to explore the science behind the museum’s collections of coins, bones and mosaics. On Saturday 11th March, they will also team up with the University of Bath for ‘Bath Taps into Science’, a day of experiments based at Victoria Park. Here, visitors will be able to find out how the Romans built arches and then attempt to build their own!
At the Museum of London, students from Imperial College will be on hand to help families learn about the Great Fire of London and how science can answer questions like how hot was the fire, and how did it spread so quickly?
Young wannabe doctors should head for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, where they can participate in a workshop with Professor Tom Solomon. There, he will use Dahl’s stories to explain how the body works, and visitors will be invited to make their very own marvellous medicines.
And for those curious about what happens to our bodies after we pass on, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Swansea are running an open day where you can learn all about the science behind mummification, and even have a go on a ‘dummy mummy’.
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of events taking place between the 10th and 19th March. Why not visit the events page of the British Science Week website to find out what’s happening near you?
Please note that the events mentioned in this article may only be running on certain days, have limited availability or require booking in advance. Check the British Science Week website or the specific museum’s website for details.
Laura French, Assistant News Editor